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The Best Matte Lipsticks At Every Price Point
Elizabeth Arden’s new Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipsticks truly live up to their name. Because they’re so moisturizing, the color lasts a long time—the best part of which is that it feels like a balm.
(Where to Buy: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick, $25 at Elizabeth Arden)
MAC is one of those cult leaders when it comes to popular colors and collections. Their Russian Red is celebrated as a universally appealing red color for pretty much everyone. At a little more than the cost of a movie ticket (unless you live in NYC, in which case it’s cheaper than an IMAX theater ticket), this will probably be a staple for the prefect matte red lipstick in your rotation.
(Where to Buy: MAC Lipstick in Russian Red, $16 at MAC)
Good luck finding these Maybelline Creamy Matte lipsticks in your drugstore, since they seem to always be sold out. If that isn’t a testament to their potency, wait until you get them on your lips and you’ll rejoice the bold color, smooth velvety feel, and the impulse-level price.
(Where to Buy: Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick, $5.99 at Drugstore.com)
Marc Jacobs Beauty wins for cutest packaging with their Kiss Pop Lipstick. The chubby crayon-like lipsticks are supposedly kiss-proof with a long-lasting pigment that feels like you’re wearing a cream… even though it’s matte!
(Where to Buy: Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lipstick, $28 at MarcJacobsBeauty.com)
NARS’ velvet matte pencils are like wearing a suede-like lip liner all over your lips. They’re the mattest of the matte while also still feeling like… well, velvet.
(Where to Buy: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, $26 at Sephora)
A cut above drugstore (but still available in many), NYX delivers great color at such low costs while you’re left feeling like a million bucks. Their matte lipstick collection offers a great range of shades, allowing you to really collect them all.
(Where to Buy: NYX Matte Lipstick, $6 at NYXcosmetics.com)
If Rimmel has one thing going for it, it’s Kate Moss. Since everything she touches turns to figurative gold, it would make sense that her collection’s Lasting Finish Matte lipsticks are of course, fantastic. With a well-rounded offering of nudes, pinks, and reds, these mattes look and feel great.
(Where to Buy: Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss, $4.23 at Drugstore.com)
You might recognize Lime Crime from its always adorable and playful packaging—but the products are no joke. The Velvetine Liquid to Matte Lip Stains are of the “all day” quality so reapplication won’t be a feat so much as it is committing to the color you want to wear all day.
(Where to Buy: Lime Crime Velvetine Liquid to Matte Lip Stain, $20 at Urban Outfitters)
NYX’s Soft Matte Lip Creams are another cult classic from the brand with many popular colors difficult to find. The reason? With the creamy near-liquid texture, it paints on your lips as a velvety concoction and then stays put and feels silky until you want to take it off.
(Where to Buy: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, $6 at NYXcosmetics.com)